22 December, 2010

The World Is Weird

Check out what I came across whilst pulling images off of Google for the valley I'm working on:

Blood Falls
So at first, I was like, "Is that some sort of dye experiment gone horribly awry?"  But no.  It turns out to be something quite different and altogether natural, no matter how unnatural it looks:
The Taylor Glacier is unique among the Dry Valley glaciers in that the presence of subglacial brine near its terminus results in geomorphic behavior more like that of a temperate or polythermal glacier. Ice-penetrating-radar data indicate water or slush below the glacier corresponding to an 80-m depression in the bedrock topology at ~4km up-glacier from the terminus. This depression is below sea level and forms what is believed to have been a third lobe of Lake Bonney. When the chemically reduced subglacial brine flows from below the glacier and is exposed to the atmosphere, it becomes oxidized and a red salt cone, known as Blood Falls, precipitates at the northern end of the glacier terminus.
Sometimes, I get the impression that no matter what weird, wacky shit I attempt to invent, the world's gonna clear it's throat at every turn and say, "Been there, done that."  At least I'm not ashamed to admit that the vast majority of "unique" stuff I'm writing about will have been filched from the real, live, complex and delightfully bizarre universe around us.


Suzanne said...


Dan McShane said...

Fantastic and thanks for the other worldly post from our very own planet.